Community-led housing schemes are increasingly being recognised as a way to provide affordable housing to meet local needs by putting communities at the heart of decision making. Building these homes does not mean spoiling vast areas of beautiful countryside, it means building homes that will provide a long-term positive social impact. Working with local communities to make sensible, informed decisions about what needs to be built and where – and finding the right sites on which to do so. 

For more information about this fund, see our Community Led Housing guide.

If you have a proposal for consideration, please apply for the fund by completing the Community-Led Housing Fund Enquiry Form.

Apply for the Community Led Housing fund

Basic steps for success

Form a community group

See opposite for the types of approach you may want to consider.

Secure a site

Find a suitable site, including investigating any potential problems and how much it will cost.


Affordable Housing is subject to the same planning application process as any other housing scheme; aspects considered are district/local housing need, housing mix, proposed tenure, section 106 agreement clause.*

Designing and financing and the scheme

Tap into local expertise and access available grants and loans to finance your scheme.

Building and managing the completed development

Consider the longer term investment to manage and maintain the scheme to remain affordable.

*Section 106: specifies a range of requirements that must be met.

Contact us 

We are looking for local community groups, parish and town councils who would like to get involved in helping to develop  Affordable Housing projects in your local area. With our team of experts and links with other specialists organisations, we can help to support genuine projects that help to solve local housing needs.